A USC student has started a petition for her roommate to try and - DatelineCarolina

A USC student has started a petition for her roommate to try and lower the number work hours to keep in-state tuition.

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Emily works every day when she is not in class in order to make her hours for each week. Emily works every day when she is not in class in order to make her hours for each week.
Holly says she started the petition to help out Emily because she felt it was unfair the way she was being treated. Holly says she started the petition to help out Emily because she felt it was unfair the way she was being treated.

By: George Copsis

Emily Moore is from Chicago but she's considered a South Carolina resident because she works full time. She pays in-state tuition because she works at least 37.5 hours a week, files a South Carolina tax return, and has a South Carolina drivers license.   

A petition to lower the number of hours a USC student must work to receive in-state tuition started early last week.

The petition was started by USC student Holly Hill for her roommate, Emily.

Holly could tell Emily was under so much stress trying to hold down her full time job while being a full time student.

"And I went on there and told them my story, and her story and just shared it on Facebook," said Holly.

The petition has been up for almost a week and already has 371 supporters with plenty of reassuring comments.

"I'm signing because I believe this is wrong of a school to enforce a student to work almost full time and go to school full time. They schools make so much money that it's ridiculous to put this standard on a student to lower their tuition," says Rebekah Smith, a supporter of the petition.

Other students on campus heard of the petition and could not believe Emily was doing this.

"I think that's crazy. I could never work 37 hours a week and still go to school. I really hope the university helps her out and doesn't have to make her to do that on top of school, says USC student Emily Crawford.   


Holly says she hopes the petition reaches the 500 supporters she has asked for and it seems to be going that way.

Holly and Emily plan to also send a letter to Dr. Helen Doerpinghaus of USC's Provost Office this week.

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